Want some bad advice?
You’ve come to the right place. I saw this online the other day:
“Think ahead 10 years to what would make you famous, and focus on that.”
It sounds like joke advice right? But it is real. And it was aimed at people in their twenties.
It was just assumed that fame is the thing. Aren’t you glad Jesus offers you and I something so much better, something so much more fulfilling?
As you and I read Scripture, the things that God values don’t make us famous. You won’t see any headlines saying, “Son forgives father for abuse and a family is reconciled.”
Or how about, “Child displays obedience in cleaning her room.” Okay parents, maybe that would be headline news in your house.
When was the last time you saw a headline on social media that read, “Humble wife displays quiet faithfulness year after year after year.”
Yet these are the things (forgiveness, obedience, humility, faithfulness) which God values so highly.
Ephesians 4:1 says,
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.”
The longer I walk with God, the more I realize just how much He sees and cares about daily faithfulness. Living an extraordinary life isn’t about expensive vacations, climbing a corporate ladder, or walking on the moon.
All of those things can be fine, don’t get me wrong. But what I think is extraordinary, is serving people. Being generous. Honoring others above ourselves. Remember the people God chose to get the big announcement about the Messiah? Shepherds.
Maybe you just needed that reminder today, I know I often do. Because it can be easy to feel like your life is insignificant while folding laundry for the 1467th time, meanwhile seeing other “super moms” posting on social media about their small business, all while homeschooling AND earning a degree.
Folding laundry is significant. Showing up to work every day on time is significant. Bagging your child’s school lunch is significant. Fighting for your marriage is significant. Praying for your children is significant. Doing the dishes is significant. Paying the bills is significant.
You may think no one else notices, but God does. It may not be highlight worthy for social media, but God is being glorified in your life.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” – Galatians 6:9
Keep pursuing daily faithfulness to God and His Word. It is significant, and it is infinitely more valuable than fame, wealth, power, or anything else the world has to offer.
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